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Stand Like a Cedar

by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Carrielynn Victor
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: native canadian, friendship, camping & outdoor activities, environment, values & virtues

When you go for a walk in nature, who do you see? What do you hear? 
Award-winning storyteller Nicola I. Campbell shows what it means “to stand like a cedar” on this beautiful journey of discovery through the wilderness. Learn the names of animals in the Nle7kepmxcín or Halq’emeylem languages as well as the teachings they have for us. Exper …

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Nature Out of Balance

How Invasive Species Are Changing the Planet

by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: environmental conservation & protection, flowers & plants, environmental science & ecosystems

Plants, animals, insects and fish are moving in. Invasive species threaten local ecosystems and the planet’s biodiversity, but are they all as bad as we think they are? In Nature Out of Balance:How Invasive Species Are Changing the Planet author Merrie-Ellen Wilcox profiles all-star invasive species around the world, starting in her own neighbour …

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Kid Innovators

True Tales of Childhood from Inventors and Trailblazers

by Robin Stevenson, illustrated by Allison Steinfeld
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: science & technology, inventions

Moving, funny, and totally true childhood biographies of Bill Gates, Madam C. J. Walker, Hedy Lamarr, Walt Disney, and 12 other international innovators. 

Throughout history people have experimented, invented, and created new ways of doing things. Kid Innovators tells the stories of a diverse group of brilliant thinkers in fields like technology, ed …

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Storm from the East

by Joanna Hathaway
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: historical

Part war drama, part romance,Storm from the East is the second epic fantasy adventure in Joanna Hathaway’s Glass Alliance series.
War has begun in the South. The days of soldier Athan and Princess Aurelia’s secret summer romance feel like a long-distant memory.
On the frontlines of combat, Athan proves a star fighter pilot as he struggles to j …

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Unplugged

by Gordon Korman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, humorous stories, friendship

 

King of middle-grade Gordon Korman’s new standalone novel full of mystery, humour, friendship . . . and alligators!

 

Jett Baranov is Silicon Valley’s number one spoiled brat. The son of a billionaire tech genius, he has everything money can buy, which means he’s in the habit of getting into a lot of trouble. When one of his stunts brings in t …

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Don't Tell the Nazis

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: military & wars, prejudice & racism, holocaust

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (author of Making Bombs for Hitler) crafts a story of ultimate compassion and sacrifice based on true events during WWII.

 

The year is 1941. Krystia lives in a small Ukrainian village under the cruel -- sometimes violent -- occupation of the Soviets. So when the Nazis march into town to liberate them, many of Krystia's neighb …

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Body Image

Deal with it because all bodies are great bodies

by Tierra Hohn, illustrated by Marne Grahlman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: social topics, emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying

Too fat, too thin. Muffin top, flat bum, thunder thighs, spaghetti arms. From an early age, kids learn they are judged for how they look. Both boys and girls are bombarded with messages of what they should look like and are shamed for not measuring up. When kids encounter conflict based on stereotypes of body image, they need the understanding and …

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Last Pick

by David Starr
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3.8
tagged: basketball, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying, girls & women, special needs

Last Pick shows how determination can help overcome obstacles — even bullying. Growing up with a developmental condition that left her clumsy in both movement and speech, Jazz was teased and never had the chance to play team sports. Now rid of her symptoms, Jazz is ready to play basketball at her Vancouver junior high, but the reappearance of an …

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Lone Runner

by Dirk McLean
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3.5
tagged: track & field, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying

Set in a diverse neighbourhood in Scarborough, Ontario, this book follows Michaela as she goes from a solitary runner to an athlete who contributes to the success of her cross-country team. Discouraged by an incident at her mostly-white summer camp, Michaela comes into her own as part of her racially diverse school track team. Focusing on themes of …

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Rugby Rookies

by Mike Levitt
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 2.2
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship, girls & women

Highlighting rugby, the fastest growing sport in America, this book tackles the issue of girls playing full-contact sports. Maddy and her friends are a small town group determined to form a girls' junior rugby team while they navigate learning both the rules of the game and the rules set out by the school board. The adults are concerned about the g …